Ear Plugs for hunting

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  1. boot

    boot Active Member

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    I recently suffered some pretty good hearing damage in my left ear and not wanting to make it any worse I am starting to look around for a good set of earplugs to wear while hunting with a firearm and was looking for suggestions. I do a lot of waterfowl and upland bird hunting so something that will protect my hearing but still be able to hear conversations and other noises.
     
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    I have been using the Caldwell earmuffs with mics and like them. The only complaint I have is that they are not a 4 mic headphone. They just have 2 mics in the front. Now, you have to look at their cost compared to one with 4 mics for surround sound. Pelter is a great option if you want to spend a little more. If you want "In the Ear" protect, look at Walkers Game Ears, they make an excellent product,
     
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    I have been thinking about the same thing the past year. I started carrying the inexpensive silicone earplugs on a string to pop in really quick before a shot but it's not ideal with the good chance game will see my movement. I have since, invested in suppressors for rifle hunting to at least reduce the db levels. For bird hunting, I haven't had any issues hearing a conversation wearing earplugs. It seems my ears adjust without excessive muffling of what I'm trying to hear. They make earplugs in many different db reduction levels so you may find one that suits your exact needs. Custom molded earplugs are available if you have the money. But to hear very low sounds like a deer sneaking through the leaves or a dove approaching I imagine your will have to get some sort of electronic sound canceling device with multiple mics like DocHolladay suggested.
     
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    I recently started using suppressors and I will not go back to shooting without them. They make such a big difference and if you get a good one, it will get you below hearing safe levels. There are even suppressors for shotguns for you guys that bird hunt.
    http://www.eurooptic.com/silencerco...su823.aspx?utm_source=eoic2017&utm_medium=KJP
    I personally have not gotten into any bird hunting enough to justify one of those suppressors.
     
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    I've been wearing electronic ear muffs for hunting the last 20 plus years. Need to save what little hearing I have left.
     
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    I just read an article on F&S written by Petzel. He went to an audiologist. I've got plenty of hearing loss from years of machine guns, helicopters and explosions. I think I might try this route as well.
     
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    I use a pair of molded plugs for sporting clays, but I probably would never have bought them. I won them at a shoot and I've worn them several times since. They do a good job of canceling the noise, and conversation is still possible. The only thing I don't like is I feel like I'm still wearing them several hours after I take them out. Prior to the plugs, I used a pair of electronic muffs, but I must admit they sometimes got in the way, and you couldn't wear a hat, only a cap.
     

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